Raksha Misthry is a Fitness Professional at Flux Fluid Motion.
Kyle Haffajee interviews her on her passion for fitness.
When did you develop an interest in exercise and fitness?
I was always sporty growing up , however my interest in health and fitness peaked when I entered my first year of university, aged 18 .
What made you decide to become a trainer/coach/instructor?
Having come from a background of eating disorders and misguided information regarding nutrition and exercise, made me realize that I needed to reach out to people who are seeking help with regards to getting their health back. I decided to pursue my N.Dip in Exercise Science, which shortly led me leaving my corporate job to pursue my passion for fitness and helping people reach their goals. It is possibly the most rewarding career choice. I love what I do.
What’s your response to people who say they don’t have time to work out?
Ah I get this gem of an excuse from most people on a regular basis. I say. MAKE THE TIME! I get it, things get busy with a full time job, kids, spouse etc. etc. , but I have seen people do it. It’s about making yourself a priority as well. Include your family in your exercise routine, take your kids out for a fun bike ride, do a body weight circuit at home. The truth is , there’s always a choice , so you could either choose between excuses or results .
What do you think is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to sticking with an exercise routine?
Writing from personal experience: I would get super excited and prep myself for taking on a new routine, but I will lose interest after a week . The trick is to find something that keeps your interest going yet challenging at the same time. You will only truly ever see the results of a new exercise regime after three months, so stick to it !
How do you stay motivated to keep training?
I surround myself with motivated people. I’m blessed to work in a facility where we encourage each other whilst training together. We function like a family rather than just work colleagues. Also I keep in mind what my end goal is – be it prepping for a 5km or just getting ready for summer – having an end goal is super important to keep the motivation going. Great music helps as well!
How does the body benefit from variety in exercise?
The human body tends to adapt very easily, so if you’re sticking to the same routine day in and day out , your body will become used to it and therefore not change . I suggest a change in exercise routine every 3-4 weeks, to not only keep your body “guessing” but to also keep your interest as well!
How do you change your personal exercise routine up?
I would either go up in weight and lower my reps or add in more cardio conditioning such as prowler lengths, tyre flips or battle ropes. (Goal dependent)
For people who have never heard of your form of exercise how would you explain it to them?
Being a kettlebell and fitness instructor at Flux we cater for all fitness needs and goals with the use of Kettlebell Sport and conditioning principles. A kettle bell is a traditional Russian training implement that has been used since the 1700’s to develop full body conditioning and fitness. A kettle bell looks like a cannon ball with a handle. The shape of the kettle bell allows for unique positioning of the weight directly above your center of mass (unlike a Dumbbell or Barbell which must be held in front of the body) and allows you to keep your hand and wrists in neutral alignment, which enable for greater endurance and longevity in the core lifts, so that you can produce a much higher volume of exercise and thus greater conditioning and fitness.
Some of the benefits of kettle bell training include:
1. Improved strength
2. Incredible work capacity (strength endurance)
3. Enhanced athleticism – flexibility, coordination, balance etc.
4. Weight loss
5. Injury prevention
6. Mental toughness
7. Lean & functional muscle mass
8. Strengthening of the entire posterior chain
9. Core strength
How important is eating right?
I cannot emphasize the importance of eating right. Getting your nutrition right is more than half the battle won. You can spends hours slogging away in the gym, but if you are eating incorrectly, your efforts would be worthless. Saying that though, I say, lead a balanced life. Eat healthy, allow yourself a treat every now and then, we are only human after all, right?
What is your favourite workout or exercise?
My favorite exercises is not something we would call exercises, but rather, kettlebell lifts. The kettlebell jerk and kettlebell snatch – both of which , I’m still getting right ( always a little tweak to be made every now and then , so there’s always room for improvement ) ,both proves to be challenging and effective for me .